9wm man page

9wm — 8-1/2-like Window Manager for X


9wm [ -nostalgia ] [ -version ] [ -font fname ] [ -term termprog ] [ -border color ] [ exit|restart ]


9wm is a window manager for X which attempts to emulate the window management policies of Plan 9's 8-1/2 window manager.

9wm is click-to-type: it has a notion of the current window, which is usually on top, and always has its border darkened. Characters typed at the keyboard go to the current window, and mouse clicks outside the current window are swallowed up by 9wm. To make another window the current one, click on it with button 1. Unlike other X window managers, 9wm implements `mouse focus': mouse events are sent only to the current window.



Makes the cursor like Plan9's cursor. If passed twice, it will also shrink the size of the window borders. Use this option for maximum authenticity.

-font fname

Sets the font in 9wm's menu to fname, overriding the default.

-term termprog

Specifies an alternative program to run when the New menu item is selected.

-border color

Sets the color of the active window border, which defaults to black.


Prints the current version on standard error, then exits.


Is not completely compatible with 8-1/2.

There is a currently a compiled-in limit of 32 hidden windows.

See Also

9term(1), xterm(1).